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Battery-Electric Mercedes-Benz G Class Confirmed

Battery-Electric Mercedes-Benz G Class Confirmed

Like most automakers, Mercedes-Benz has big plans for electric vehicles. That said, those plans include a battery-electric variant of the iconic G Class. Such plans were confirmed Thursday by a Daimler executive.

Daimler CEO Ola Källenius spoke at the Automobilwoche Kongress in Berlin, where the top executive commented on the G Class beyond just the electric version.

“There will be a zero-emission EV version of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. In the past there were discussions whether we should eliminate the model, the way I see things now I’d say the last Mercedes to be built will be a G-Class,” Källenius stated to the group, according to a Daimler spokesperson. 

Motor Authority first reported the tweet by Daimler.

There’s a couple things to unpack there. First the explicit confirmation of an electric G-Wagon and the second is a public acknowledgement that Mercedes apparently considered dropping the G Class at some point.

Thus far Mercedes has not offered any details surrounding the electric G Class. One can assume its name will be EQG or similar, given Mercedes’ nomenclature for electric vehicles It is also expected the G Class will eventually offer a plug-in hybrid version, which could have the AMG badge on it.

A plug-in hybrid is far more likely to happen sooner than the electric version, the timing of which is still unknown.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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